Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Seems like a very effective freedom delivery machine.

  • Tassiebush

    I hear you! It needs a warning! I was swimming and the sudden drag trapped me in a horrific series of summersaults. I’m just lucky to be alive!

  • Alex Nicolin

    While firing the gun one feels like the Master Chief mowing down Covenant troops.

    • Adam Czechowski

      no, the gun in that game was far LESS effective =D

  • marathag

    Needs bigger ammo hopper

  • CommonSense23

    While the CROWS isn’t as sexy or as cool as running a Gatling on a ground vehicle, it’s a lot more effective.

  • Sid Collins

    Is there any footage available of the impacts? Targets?

  • Mike

    50. cals of FREEDOM!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    There is nothing particularly new about the GAU-19/B, apart from some detail improvements and updates to lower the dry weight of the gun compared to the GAU-19/A. Design of the original GECAL 50, the immediate ancestor of the GAU-19/A, began at General Electric in 1962, and the GAU-19/A has been in service since 1983. Three-barreled and 6-barreled versions with different rates of fire were made available depending on end-user requirements, and manufacturing eventually passed from General Electric to Lockheed-Martin and eventually General Dynamics courtesy of the convolutions engendered by corporate deals, licencing, DoD facilitation, market timing, Federal Government rules, etc.

    However, I am stlll very glad to see that Nicholas C. has brought up the GAU-19/B in this article. Of all the modern, externally-powered Gatling-type rotary automatic weapons in existence in the West, the least well-known are the GECAL 50 / GAU-19 family, the 25mm GAU-12 and the XM214 ( 5.56mm Microgun version of the M134 7.62mm Minigun, the man-portable version being known as the GE Six-Pak ), and they deserve their place in modern firearms iconography.

    Speaking of modern, Gatling-type rotary automatic weapons, we should not forget the very successful and efficient Soviet / Russian guns such as the GShG-7.62 ( 7.62mm x 54R, 6-barreled ), YakB 12.7 ( 12.7mm x 108, 4-barreled ), GSh-6-23 ( 23mm x 115 with 6 barrels, and not to be confused with the lighter and simpler GSh-23 2-barreled cannon ), and GSh-6-30 ( 30mm x 165 with 6 barrels, and not to be confused with the single-barrel GSh-301 and twin-barrel GSh-30-2, although all use the same cartridge ), among others. The Russian rotary MG’s and cannon are generally gas-operated ( and therefore self-powered ) rather than externally driven by hydraulic, pneumatic or electrical power ( as is the preference in the American guns, depending on the model ) in the interests of weight savings, compactness, simplicity and reliability, although both types of operation do have their advantages as well as disadvantages depending on usage and application. Interestingly, one thing that has largely been forgotten is the fact that General Electric once offered self-contained gas-operated versions of some of their guns, including the 20mm M61A1 Vulcan ( in the GAU-4 version mounted in the SUU-23/A gun pod ) and M134 Minigun ( as the XM133 ).as an alternative to the complexities of external drive, but the general U.S. preference for the latter led to these versions being dropped from the line-up with the exception of the 20mm GAU-4.

    There are many more variations to the topic than I have briefly mentioned, and they are, altogether, a fascinating and complex history with many side topics and threads worth exploring.

  • Justin B

    I’ll take two please! One for my home and the other for my car.

  • Tom Currie

    What we need is a GAU-19 without the electric motor and with a manual hand crank to make it a legal semi-auto!

  • Dr Sick

    That’s a really big red dot !

    • Michael Bergeron

      Thats what I was thinking, its just massive sitting up there.

  • Matt Shermer

    When was it determined that the M2HB was inadequate?

    • LCON

      When the target must BE VAPORIZED

    • Adam Czechowski

      its not. its certainty a lot lighter then the 19. a over looked upside of a rottery cannon, is that they are more accurate then a single barrel like the M2/GAU16, because it doesn’t have a receiver jumping back and forth, shaking the weapon. so when you have a rate of fire over 1000rpm, you get a solid push instead of the classic recoil, not unlike a fire hose.

      my problem with this picture, is that its mounted in a SH-60B! not a lot of cabin space to begin with, as its packed with anti-sub/surface gear. you could barely get a M2/GAU16 loaded on board, now this!

      yea, that door is Not being closed now, so the maintenance guys are saying “F-my life,” with all the salt spray that’s going to be blown into the 1970’s era electronics, and into the frame under the floor boards.

    • Matt Shermer

      If you want to vaporize targets invest in ray guns, what this system was probably made to do was to put enough .50BMG downrange to defeat medium armor. The M2HB will kill light armor but it can’t do much against the latest generation BTR-90s or the Chinese Type 97 AFVs, at that point you need at least a 20mm autocannon or explosives. Okay it looks mean, and it will kill you very efficiently, but at the end of the day if you are an unprotected gomer on the ground or driving a technical, your just as dead whether it’s a GAU-19/B or a good ol’ fashioned M2HB. Where this gun can do a lot of good is as a shipboard system as a substitute for a CIWS, or for engaging approaching suicide boats.

      • LCON

        The Russians used a 12.7x109mm Gatling as the nose gun on there Hind series. It might not have the punch of a Gau 23 but from a airborne platform like a nose mounted turret on a V22 It could be very very naughty, and the Marines, Navy and Air force should really put it back on the program. Primarily Gau 19 has been the main armament for the US Army’s OH58D Kiowa Warrior. Where it’s high rate of fire, accuracy, and long range has made it quite effective against infantry.
        Mounting it for Shipboard for CIWs role is really limited, might be good against close in targets but the 20mm Phalanx is intended to destroy inbound leaker missiles at longer range then the 12.7mm is meant for. unless your ship is tiny there use for such a small CIWS.

      • Matt Shermer

        The Hind started out with the 12.7×108, which was fine for Afghanistan in the 70’s for light armor, but it has since been up gunned. The Mi-24VP models use a flexible Gsh-23 23mm Twin barrel and the “F” Model Hind Uses a fixed forward pointing Gsh-30 30mm, as armor becomes more common and more adaptable to light mobility systems, the gunships have to evolve in order to keep up.

  • Iv88

    I shivered at the sight of this beauty.

  • Jimmy

    WOW..

  • T Sheehan

    a triple barrel 50? No thank you. Will take FOrVEr to do the headspace and timing ….

  • Core

    Do they make a mount for a Subaru??